's cell phone was furiously beeping in the locker behind him. The congratulatory messages were rolling in after a winning
performance close to home, with lots of family members and friends in attendance.
Feldman pitched six strong innings,
backed him with a homer, and the
won their fifth straight game, beating the
3-2 on Wednesday night.
''Sure it's nice to win with them in the stands,'' said Feldman, who went to high school in nearby Burlingame. ''Any time
you can pitch well it's only going to help things.''
each drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won six of their last seven road games and moved into first place for the first
time in three years.
''It does mean something,'' Rangers' manager
said. ''It means we're playing good baseball right now. We're no longer the hunters. For at least one day, we're the hunted.''
hit a two-run double for the A's, who dropped their fourth straight.
had three hits.
Feldman (2-0) allowed two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out three in his third start since replacing
in the starting rotation.
''I love starting,'' Feldman said. ''It's been a lot of fun the last three games. I don't want to take anything for granted
though. When they tell me to pitch I want to do well. It's nice to get the opportunity to be a regular starter.''
(0-3) went 5 2-3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out three in his first start
of the season after taking over for
, who was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. The A's have not had a starter go more than six innings in any of their
last 13 games.
''I got into some jams but having Suzuki back there saved us some runs,'' Giese said. ''I felt I did a decent job, but you
still hate to lose.''
The rookie Andrus hit his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the first inning, for his first RBI in 16 games.
The Rangers added a pair of runs in the fourth.
doubled ahead of Murphy's sacrifice fly. Davis followed with an RBI single.
''We made it a point in spring training to focus on the little things,'' said Rangers third baseman
, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an eighth-inning single. ''We know offensively we can score runs in bunches.
It means something to be in first place but it feels better just to be playing good, fundamental baseball.''
The A's made it 3-2 in the fourth with Suzuki's double, scoring
pitched two scoreless innings and
recorded the final three outs, including strikeouts of Giambi and Holliday, for his ninth save. He extended his scoreless
streak to 14 2-3 innings.
''They made Frankie work and he earned it,'' Washington said. ''To do what he did to
, that's something. He turned it up.''
Notes: Benson was activated from the DL and placed in the bullpen. RHP
was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room. ... A's RHP
will start Saturday, replacing LHP
, who developed a blister. ... A's RHP
(sprained right knee) threw on flat ground Tuesday and is expected to throw a bullpen session Thursday. ... Rangers OF
(strained intercoastal muscle) may play in a minor league game on Monday. ''If he's ready to go I'd like him to get his at
bats with us,'' Rangers manager
said. ... Suzuki has 13 RBIs in his last 13 games.